Federer wins first game back

The Queensland Times - - Sport -

TEN­NIS: Wim­ble­don cham­pion Roger Federer has made a vic­to­ri­ous re­turn, re­cov­er­ing from a set down to beat Ger­many’s Mis­cha Zverev 3-6 6-4 6-2 at the Stuttgart Open.

The Swiss top seed, who skipped the Euro­pean clay­court tour­na­ments to con­cen­trate on the grass sea­son, showed signs of rust early against Zverev but soon found his rhythm.

“Three months is a long time – it’s longer than the year-end break ... I’m su­per happy to be back on tour. It’s been a great start,” Federer said af­ter the win.

Federer, 36, will seek a ninth Wim­ble­don ti­tle next month.

Photo: Alex Grimm/Getty

HE’S BACK: Roger Federer.

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